The New Year is a time for beginnings. This is not just the start of another year, or another career, or another period of our lives. This time of year, in general, is known as a time of change. Let’s take some time to think of what we can do to improve our own lives and embody what this new start means.

Whenever there’s a beginning, it usually means there was an ending. This could have been a needed ending or an unwanted one, but either way, it really is the opportunity for a new beginning. A good question to start with: what are you going to do next?

New BeginningsMost of us already have our goals for the upcoming year and are visualizing lots of great things in the near future. Now the New year is here – and you must also think of a reason for starting over. Remember that there’s a big difference between giving up and starting over, especially when you’re pointed in the right direction! In guiding yourself towards a positive beginning, start saying, “from now on…

From now on – and with regards to these 5 principles below:

1). Let GO of the things you can’t control.

Many things are still a part of your life simply because you keep thinking about them. Positive things will only happen after you emotionally distance yourself from the negative things. Focus on all the things that you CAN control.

2). Leave room to CHANGE your mind.

Change is like breathing – it isn’t part of the process, it is the process.  In fact, change is the only thing that is certain. The first step towards making any positive change is to change your perspective. Prepare yourself for unforeseen opportunities and keep in mind that growth is not possible without change.

3). KEEP climbing and take chances.

Any individual who finds themselves at the top of the mountain did not fall there from the sky. That’s why our society has the overarching belief that good things come to those who work hard for them. You gain confidence and become stronger through experience, especially those in which you push yourself to do something you didn’t think you’d be able to do. Remember that you can’t enjoy the view without doing some climbing!

4). Appreciate what you’ve LEARNED.Endings

Don’t regret any of the time you’ve spent, the moments, or the experiences that proved to be painful. It’s not all that stuff you’ve been through that defines you, it’s how you got through it that made you who you are today.

5). Hold on to the GOOD things.

Use what energy you have to go towards something that is good and meaningful to you. Strength isn’t about bearing guilt, or grief, or shame. Strength is about choosing your own path and living with the consequences.

We can hope that each of us will remember what we’ve learned this year and more importantly, what we’ve felt. May these things become anchors in our lives from which we can learn to shape our actions to serve others and change our own attitudes toward ourselves.